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The streets of San Francisco

"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead people does happen in San Francisco.

April 02, 2016 | | Other Views


What are Trump’s values?

A man who proclaims he'd like to punch a protester in the face - as Donald Trump did recently in Nevada - isn't fit to serve as the president of the United States. That's the first thing that must be said.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Paying for low-wage pollution

Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest playground. You and your neighbors, I bet, would demand full compensation from that corporation to pay for the clean-up and public health costs.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Obamanomics has failed

President Barack Obama, when asked to name an accomplishment for which he is most proud, said, "I'm proud of saving the American economy." Breathtaking.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Global ruling is just not cool

They say that if you get up in the morning and swallow a live toad, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Well, we Americans have just been fed a live toad by the World Trade Organization.

March 31, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump right about NATO?

I am "not isolationist, but I am 'America First,'" Donald Trump told The New York times last weekend. "I like the expression."

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


The Great American Plane Robbery

If you take the word "free" and rip the "r" out of it, what do you get?

March 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Sacramento’s tax on new jobs

In their infinite wisdom, Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have come up with five more reasons for California businesses not to hire new workers. They are introducing a bill to raise the state minimum wage gradually by $5 - from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022 (and a year later for small businesses). Methinks Sen. Bernie Sanders' call for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage -- more than double the current $7.25 floor - has started a bidding war among Democrats who can promise workers increasingly higher wages with other people's money.

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary Clinton’s grim legacy

Who murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres?

March 29, 2016 | | Other Views


$1 BILLION PAY RAISE

If Donald Trump's gravity-defying ascendancy has validated anything, it is that for Middle America, jobs and economic security are still the dominant issue. Republicans have talked up tax reform, regulatory relief and fiscal restraint -- and those are all critical to growth.

March 28, 2016 | STEPHEN MOORE | Other Views


The best exercise is the one you’ll keep doing

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an overweight 68-year-old woman who wants to exercise. I would like to know what type of exercise I can do to help me lose weight. I am allergic to the chemicals in pools, so I cannot swim. Each knee has had a total replacement, leaving me with a limited range of motion, making it impossible to bend my knee enough to ride a bike. I am not sure what I can do. I was hoping you could help me with that. I can walk half a mile without losing my breath. I live on the ...

March 27, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


About toenails on dogs

DEAR DIDI: I know where my greyhound, Sasha, is at all times. Her nails echo through the house on my hardwood floors. I am terrified to trim them and hurt her. Is it bad in some way for her if I don't trim them? -curious mom

March 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

They're both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California's former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold's two terms in the governor's office have watched The Donald's presidential campaign unfold with a sense of deja vu.

March 26, 2016 | | Other Views


ISIS faithful to Islam?

"We are not at war with Islam," said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, "We're at war with radical Islam."

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Why superdelegates count

Every time I see a tally of the delegate race that excludes so-called "superdelegates," I have to laugh. "Of course they count," I want to scream at The New York Times, which otherwise offers a flawless tally. That's precisely why I, and a minority of others, fought so hard against the introduction of superdelegates. Now I've been fortunate to live long enough to finally see them do what they are supposed to: Keep the party from driving off a cliff. And yet, no one wants to count them. What did we do wrong?

March 25, 2016 | | Other Views


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Nervous over their dog’s black tongue

Dear Didi: We have a dog that we adopted from a shelter about 3 weeks ago. I am extremely concerned because he has a mostly ...

March 05, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Trump’s trivial pursuits

The president who gave the joint session address on Tuesday night wants Washington to put aside "trivial fights" and "compromise." He actually said this: "The ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


Trump hits a home run

One after another, the pundits hailed President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress as his finest speech, though the usual naysayers ...

March 04, 2017 | | Other Views


The Oscars: The activism they left on the cutting room floor

Imagine the result, with hundreds of millions of people watching worldwide, if Hollywood turned its creative firepower on real problems. Instead, viewers watched wall-to-wall Trump-bashing ...

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Nobody needs lecture on morality from Paul Ryan

For nearly half a century now, America's middle-class working families have been pummeled by corporate greedmeisters and their political henchmen.

March 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Is Russia an enemy?

The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ...

February 28, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Enough about the shoes

That the two most prominent women in the Trump administration should be caught up in a controversy about shoes tells you (if not our new ...

February 27, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Trump eviscerates liberal media: What took so long?

It was riveting. In his first solo press conference, President Donald Trump spent much of the hour berating the media for what Trump called anti-Republican ...

February 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Enemy of the American people

The president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, on Friday declared that the news media is the "enemy of the ...

February 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Planned Parenthood and the pandering press

Every time you hear the network anchors and reporters act outraged about President Trump calling on "friendly" reporters and the fact that there's something ...

February 22, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Banksters are free at last

Of all the people suffering economic pain today, who should get priority attention from the new president and Congress?

February 22, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Trump-Putin detente dead?

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals.

February 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Billionaires tampering with Constitution

A corporate-backed lobbying group is pushing a slate of amendments to transfer power from people to big business.

February 20, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Team Trump’s first scalp

WASHINGTON - Gen. Mike Flynn provided the first scalp in the Trump administration in record time - he served as White House National Security Adviser for 23 ...

February 20, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Deep state targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, "If it comes to it, prefer the deep ...

February 17, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


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